January 7, 2010

Lickety-Split Links (010710, Morning; ‘In Case You’re Wondering’ Edition)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:25 am

In case you’re wondering, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, who announced her resignation yesterday, is a Democrat.

I’m noting that because last night it took the Associated Press 15 paragraphs to reveal that factoid to its readers, and even when they did, it was done indirectly. Interestingly, the AP’s 4:27 a.m. report refers directly to Dixon’s party affiliation in the 5th paragraph.

That either means that the wire service for once paid attention to its own Stylebook rules, or that it saw how Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters ripped the Baltimore Sun over a similar “oversight,” and wanted to avoid similar fallout.

That said, because of the late change, it’s quite likely that a lot if not most of what actually got into AP subscribers’ print editions and broadcasts didn’t mention Dixon’s Democratic Party affiliation.

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While we’re on Baltimore, in case you’re wondering, that city’s lawsuit against Wells Fargo was dismissed yesterday:

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz explained Wednesday that the city’s claim that the mortgage giant triggered millions of dollars in damages with racist, predatory lending was not plausible.

“Complete garbage” would be a better characterization.

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In case you’re wondering how many times Barack Obama promised that health care plan deliberations would be broadcast on C-SPAN, the answer isat least eight.”

Also in case you’re wondering, that C-SPAN thing is not happening, leaving Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs even more incoherent than usual. Allahpundit at Hot Air accurately observes that “There is, and can be, no defense here, and everyone in the room knows it.”

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In case you’re wondering, the people of Hong Kong still want democracy, and aren’t getting it, supposedly until 2017.

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In case you’re wondering, Asian-based vehicle makers outsold domestically-headquartered companies in the U.S. for the first time in 2009:

…. the Detroit Three’s overall share fell to 44.2 percent of their home market from 47.5 percent in 2008.

Asian brands captured a 47.4 percent share in 2009, up from 44.6 percent in 2008, Autodata said. It was the first time they gained a bigger piece than GM, Chrysler and Ford combined, which held a 60 percent share as recently as 2004 and a 70 percent share a decade ago.

Fortunately for our economy, most of the Asian companies have significant U.S. operations.

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Finally, in case you’re wondering, Big Journalism has gone live (Andrew Breitbart’s inaugural post is here), and Patterico is among those on board.

Positivity: Weather Channel anchor gets on-air proposal

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Atlanta:

Romantic moment elicits tears of joy, entertains thousands on YouTube
updated 9:17 p.m. ET, Wed., Dec . 30, 2009

Viewers who tuned in to The Weather Channel earlier this week might have wondered whether they had stumbled upon an episode of “As the World Turns” instead.

But this was no soap opera. And the tears of joy viewers witnessed were 100 percent real.

Meteorologist Kim Perez was standing there, on camera, providing a New Year’s Eve weather forecast. Just as she predicted rainfall for Florida and the Southeast, her boyfriend, police sergeant Marty Cunningham, ambled onto the set.

“Hi!” she said, remaining poised but looking bewildered.

“How are you?” Cunningham asked.

“Good!” Perez replied.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long time, and I love you, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you,” Cunningham said.

A tear-jerker piano melody began wafting over the set, and the weather map transformed into a “Will You Marry Me?” graphic.

“So I’m asking you today,” said Cunningham, getting down on one knee, “will you please marry me?”

“I will,” Perez said, smiling. She shielded her face with one hand as she began to cry.

Weather Channel staffers erupted in applause as Cunningham put the ring on Perez’s finger and the couple embraced.

“You got me!” Perez said. “I love you, Marty Cunningham.”

The sentimental and happy moment was followed by a football forecast.

The clip of Sunday night’s marriage proposal has been viewed by thousands on YouTube and commented upon by scores of people.

One person posted this about the proposal on Twitter: “Weather Channel Marriage Proposal: Touching With a Chance of Viral.”

Go here for the rest of the story.